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Francis J Wallis vs George H Foster
New South Wales Championship (1901), Sydney AUS, rd 7, Jul-29
Queen Pawn Game: Zukertort Variation (D02)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Sep-17-21  optimal play: <<<<Seventh Round.>

White - F. J. Wallis. Black - G. H. Foster.>


(Zukertort's Opening.)>

<(a) 8. PQR4 <8.a4>

Zukertort’s favourite move.>

<(b) 18. QKt4 <18.Qg4>

PKB4 <f4> first followed by QKt4 <Qg4> would lead to a strong attack.>

<(c) 20. BxPch <20.Bxf7+>

BQ7 <Bd7> seems even better than winning a pawn.>

<(d) 27...RKt5 <27...Rg4>

Much better than QRB <Rf8>.>

<(e) 29. KRB <29.Rfc1>

Preparing for an open file after the Black K Bishop <DSB> is captured, but 29. PB6 <f6> would lead to a strong attack.>

<(f) 37… RQ7 <37...Rd2>

An obvious blunder.>

<(g) 40. PQKt4 <40.b4>

White strangely overlooks the obvious win of doubling Rooks here and on his next move.>

<(h) 51. RxP <51.Rxd2>

Ingenious play.>

<(i) 61… RR8 <61...Rh1>

Black has now to make the correct move every time to avoid a loss, and is equal to the occasion. The order of each move is very instructive. Were the Rook to move instead of the King, at move 62 to 64 White could win by taking command of the home file with his Rook.>

Sydney Morning Herald (NSW), Monday 12 August 1901, page 9>

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